Donald Trump accuses Obama of ‘wire-tapping’ his office before election

President accuses his White House predecessor of ‘wire tapping’ his office in Trump Tower last year

Donald Trump in his office at Trump Tower in New York last year.



Donald Trump in his office at Trump Tower in New York last year.
Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Donald Trump has accused the Obama administration of intercepting communications at his offices in New York City before the presidential election in November last year.

The US president tweeted at 5.35am Eastern time:

Donald J. Trump
(@realDonaldTrump)

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

March 4, 2017

Donald J. Trump
(@realDonaldTrump)

Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

March 4, 2017

Donald J. Trump
(@realDonaldTrump)

I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!

March 4, 2017

The tweet came as one in a series of early morning announcements from the president’s Twitter page. He also made efforts to defend Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general facing questions over his meeting with a Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

“The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs…” Trump wrote. He added: “Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.”

There was no additional information provided to substantiate the president’s claims that Obama had “wire tapped” Trump Tower, and it was not clear on what information Trump was basing the allegations.

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